Will you buy the 70-200 f4 on the 29th or will wait for some reviews?

Started Nov 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
MoreorLess Veteran Member • Posts: 4,576
Re: Now "rip-off Nikon UK"?

Leonard Shepherd wrote:

The initial Nikon UK launch list price indication of £1,169 was 9% more than the 16-35 and 24-120 list price.

Nikon UK have just revised the f4 price to 65% more than the 2 other f4 lenses, with the f2.8 only 17.5% more!

http://www.nikon.co.uk/customer_services/brochure_request/pricelist/files/ukpricelistNovember12.pdf

For US comparison UK prices include our 20% VAT sales tax. The 16-35 and 24-70 list at £1072 with typical street price around £840. The 70-200 f2.8 list is £2086, street around £1,590.

The 70-200 f4 is currently advertised by retailers at "original suggested" list price of £1,169. I planned to buy it when street got to around £920.

Either Nikon made a mistake in the new price list, or the 70-200 f4 is now a massive "rip-off" £1,773.

£1,773 without a discount is more than the current f2.8 street. The f2.8 comes with a collar!

The implication is an eventual street around around £1,325, which I will not be paying :(.

Does anybody know if Nikon plan a similar massive price hike to close to the f2.8 price outside the UK?

There was of course the "mistake" with the D800 pricing that I still put down to a response to the 5D3's price. The D600 started very high aswell but went down alot very quickly so I wouldnt look at there prices as set in stone either way.

To be honiest I think theres a clear pattern with recent Canikon mid and upper level lenses, if theres clear built up demand the launch price will be at a prenium. I'd guess the feeling is "we did ok without this lens for this long so potentially outpricing some customers in the short term isnt going to hurt us badly".

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